Lumbini Tour

  • Trip Cost:US$ 850 (P/P)
  • Duration:9 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Easy

Meals: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Vehicle

Accommodation: 2-3 Star Hotels

Why This Trip?

  • To visit the UNESCO world Cultural heritages.
  • To visit Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhnath Stupa.
  • To have sunrise and Sunset from Sarangkot.
  • To visit Pokhara city.
  • To visit the Lumbini - birth place of Buddha.
  • To visit of Palpa.
     

Escape Nepal offers Lumbini tour to the one of the holiest place in the world where the Buddha was born and we at Escape Nepal believe in organizing varieties of holidays when planning its combo tours with a heady mix so that guests enjoy the best of a holiday which probably only happens once in a lifetime. Our Lumbini tour is a venture that goes to places across Nepal tourists get to see the diverse cultures & climates of this Himalayan country that offers so much to arouse the interests of visitors who seek the mystic & the oriental when on holidays so far from home. The historic sites of Kathmandu with its ancient cobbled stone streets & old temples of yore that’s literally found at every corner of a street awake the history of this old city to the core.

The Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, & the oldest temple of Buddhism - Swayambunath (monkey temple) are literal cultural delights that tell you of a history that refuses to be forgotten on our Lumbini Tour. Some of the sites we will visit are UNESCO declared world Heritage sites of immense importance to the country. We also get to visit the birth place of Lord Buddha at the sacred site of Lumbini and also view various other Gompas built by the international community with religious followings in Buddhism. Visitors also walk through the sacred gardens & see the spot where the Buddha’s mother queen Mayadevi holds onto the bark of a tree while giving birth to the Buddha. Lumbini is an ideal sacred site to visit for the Buddhist faithful…Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the Terai plains of Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. More than 400,000 Buddhists and non Buddhists visit Lumbini every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Cultural) and holds immense archeological and religious importance.

The Sacred Garden: It was here in the gardens of Lumbini that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Buddha, was born in 623 BC. The nativity site is marked by a commemorative pillar erected by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka of India during his pilgrimage to the holy site in 249 BC. The inscription on the Ashoka Pillar indentifies the Sacred Garden – spread over 9 sq. km – as the spot where the Enlightened One was born.

Mayadevi Temple: A large number of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world visit Lumbini to pray at the Mayadevi Temple where excavations have revealed the “marker stone” showing the exact spot where Siddhartha Gautam Buddha was born. The sacred Puskarni Pond where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath before the birth of Buddha lies to the south of the pillar. It was also in this pond that the infant Buddha was given his first bath.

Monuments: To the north of the Sacred Garden are monastic zones where different countries have built temples and monasteries depicting different sects of Buddhism. The Myanmar Temple (Lokamani Cula Pagoda) is a shiny gold and white structure that resembles the Shwe-dagon Pagoda of Yangon while the International Gautami Nuns Temple is a replica of the Swayambhu Stupa of Kathmandu. The China Temple, built by the Buddhist Association of China, is a complex of pagodas, prayer rooms and meditation cells. Across the road is the Dae Sung Suk Ga SA Korean Temple. The Japan Peace Stupa, built by Nippon Jon Kyohoji of Japan, is a 41-m tall structure with four different Buddha statues set into the Stupa’s dome facing the four cardinal directions. Other beautiful monuments and temples have been built by Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, France, Germany and Sri Lanka.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01.Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): transfer to hotel and overnight at hotel: On your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) you will be greeted by a representative from Escape Nepal, After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our rep with an Outfitter Nepal display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel. After check in, you can take a rest, go for a stroll down the road & get familiar with your surroundings - it all depends upon your interests and how good you feel after all the jetlag. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Your first overnight in the valley of the gods & cows. (A)

Day 02.Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley: Today we pay our visit to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The unique octagonal Mandala design with hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around the huge structure, The area of Boudhanath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries, & also known as the 'Little Tibet'.  The Kapan Monastery at Kapan Hill, a few kilometers higher north from Boudhanath is also known as Nepal Buddhist Mahayan Centre.  Kapan Monastery follows Gelug tradition of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. There is also a nunnery nearby the main monastery, known as the Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to about 400 nuns, overnight at Kathmandu ( A, B).

Note: you can take one hour scenic Everest Experience mountain flight in the morning before the tours starts, you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement.

Day 03.Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - 6 Hours: After an early morning breakfast at the hotel, it’s a wonderful scenic drive to Pokhara as we cruise through colorful rural settings that you will much enjoy from the windows of your bus which takes about 6 hours before you drive into the lake city. However, you have options of using private transport or flying to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, you will check into your Hotel, and free time and overnight at your Hotel (A, B).

Options: you have options of taking experience of adventure rafting on Trisuli river on the way to Pokhara, it does not need any extra day to have this experience, you just need desire, you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement.

Day 04.Full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city: Full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara that includes a drive to Sarangkot to experience an ecstatic Sunrise, the landscapes from this vantage point is a literal feast for the eyes. We also visit the Seti Gandaki gorge, the old Bindhyabasini Temple, Devi’s fall, Cave and take boating at Lake, we will truly enjoy this, overnight at Hotel (A, B).

Options: you have option of experience  of  Paragliding in Nepal and Ultra light Flight in Nepal, you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.

Day 05. Pokhara – Palpa: After having breakfast at hotel, we drive to Palpa that takes about 5 hours, will take some rest and visit different ancient spots of Tansen, the capital of Palpa & visit some of the old palaces of the ancient Newar kings that ruled this once-upon-a-time ancient kingdom that’s now relegated to a town after the unification of Nepal into one independent kingdom, overnight at Hotel ( A, B).

Day 06.Drive from Palpa to Lumbini: Hike to Shrinagar Hill for a wonderful sunrise view that’s just breathtaking to watch with the bright rays of the sun falling on the surrounding landscapes. We then have breakfast at our hotel and drive to Lumbini in the early afternoon – check into the hotel and visit Lumbini if the time permits on the same day, overnight at Hotel (A, B).

Day 07.Full day sightseeing tour in Lumbini: Lumbini is one of the world's major religious, architectural, and historical sites. We devote our time today in visiting as many places and sites in Lumbini as possible. The place is really a big area with monuments, temples, and ancients sites making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First we visit the Mayadevi temple which is built on the exact place where Buddha was born. We spend some time wandering around the gardens. We also visit the museum and peace pagoda. Some of the important landmarks and monuments in Lumbini include: Ashoka's Pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka (249 BC) on the spot of Buddha's birth which also has the oldest inscription in Nepal. There are many Buddhist Temples founded by the devotees from different countries:  they include Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and Burmese, Korean, etc, overnight at Lumbini ( A, B).

Day 08. Lumbini to Kathmandu: After b/fast, you have little free time drive to Kathmandu which takes about 9-10 hours; it is a long scenic drive and overnight at your Hotel (A, B).

Options: you have option of taking flight from Bhairahawa to Kathmandu instead of that long drive so, please contact us for the flight cost and arrangement: 

Day 09.Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure: At ESCAPE NEPAL, we always strive to give you nothing less than the best. We are confident that you’ve enjoyed one of the best holidays ever & will go back home with lasting memories of this amazing country. Our escorts & vehicles will be on standby at your hotel to take you to the airport for your final departure home sweet home. It’s been wonderful knowing you. We hope to see you again!! Bon Voyage! ( B)

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • Airport transfers.
  • Three Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the above itinerary.
  • Two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • One night accommodation in Palpa including breakfast.
  • Two night accommodation in Lumbini including breakfast as per the above itinerary.
  • Transportation for Sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley, Pokhara and drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Palpa-Lumbini-Kathmandu by private transport.
  • All the applicable entrance fees.
  • Tour guide throughout the tour.
  • All the Tax, VAT and service charge.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos, More info about Nepal visa:
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Food (Lunch & Dinner) during the tour.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide & driver. (Tipping is Expected But it is not mandatory).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Departure Note:

We have set date for the departure for this holidays so, please look at our list of the dates for the trip and select one from them or if you cannot find the date that is suitable for you then please contact us for your own departure date as we offer private departure for your holiday on any date that is suitable for you which is suitable for group of friends, couples, families and solo travelers

Trip Note

Trip Itinerary- The itinerary given for the tour standard itinerary that we offer you however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire.

Trip price - The price given is per person on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:

Trip extension - If you have time and are interested and you have option of stop at Chitwan National park, do Jungle Safari in the chitwan park and drive to Kathmandu after two nights, you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.

 

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type holiday does not need any physical fitness level, you need is just desire to do it. This category includes all the city luxury tours, hiking holidays, day tours, jungle holidays, home stay villages tours and treks and some flight tours like Mountain Flight, Ultra light flight  Breakfast in Breakfast and city holidays in Tibet Like, Short Tibet-Lhasa Tour, Nepal Bhutan Tour,  5day Bhutan Tour, Nepal-Bhutan-Tibet tour as well.

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